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Can colon cancer spread to adrenal gland ?

Can colon cancer spread to adrenal gland ?

Yes: However, a solitary adrenal mass seen on imaging without other evidence of metastases in a patient with a colon cancer primary is almost certainly a cortical adenoma. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Colon cancer pt. old ct- nodule on left adrenal gland. ( was not met). New ct- new adrenal nodule . Are these the same or diffetent ones, ?

Must compare CT's: The best way to tell if these are the same nodule or if this is a new nodule would be to have the radiologist or your oncologist compare the CT's side-by-side. It may be obvious that they are or are not the same nodule. If it is not obvious, then further testing may be necessary, perhaps even a biopsy of the nodule if it is worrisome. Good luck. ...Read more

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In a metastic colon can patient is a nodule in adrenal gland a met ?

It can be: Adrenal nodules are common and are often benign. But several cancers are prone to spread and land in the Adrenal gland as metastatic cancer. This can be determines with the help of PET scan or a biopsy if the nodule is growing in serial CT scan studies. This can be sorted out in 2-3 month time of follow up/repeat study. ...Read more

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How dangerous can stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to lungs and adrenal gland be if it goes untreated without chemo?

How dangerous can stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to lungs and adrenal gland be if it goes untreated without chemo?

Hard to Predict: Among all patients with breast cancer who present with distant disease, one fourth will survive beyond 5 years. It would be good to know the patient's age and receptor status (er, pr, her2) to answer this question, because we are finding much better results now with certain treatments (like Herceptin (trastuzumab) for her2+ pts) than in the past. Ask your oncologist for info. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

It depends on so man: Bowel obstruction can occur in any advanced abdominal cancer. If the bowels are compromised by tumor they can close/obstruct. It is not difficult to tell when that happens because no food will pass through them. As a result patients become constipated/obstipated and have increasing pain in the abdomen and are unable to eat and drink due to persistent nausea and vomiting. The belly swells up also. ...Read more

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I wanna know how long the patiend of advanced colon metastatic cancer ( which spread to the liver and lungs) will live?

I wanna know how long the patiend of advanced colon metastatic cancer ( which spread to the liver and lungs) will live?

See below: Metastatic colon cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy, but life expectancy is related to the patients other medical co-morbid conditions and ability to tolerate multiple cycles of chemotherapy; average survival is around 2 years. ...Read more

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If chemotherapy treatment fails for metastic colon cancer pt, what else can be done for a liver met, 1 node and a tiny lung nodule ?

If chemotherapy treatment fails for metastic colon cancer pt,  what else can be done for a liver met, 1 node and a tiny lung nodule ?

Remove lung lesion: At age 34 attempt at cure should be made. If liver met small and primary already out, liver met to be resected or microwave ablated. Usually chemo is only of temporary value and if all fails, the FDA protocol for monoclonal antibody Neo102 is available for treatment of metastatic colon cancer having failed chemo. the small node and lung lesion can be removed by laparoscopy/thoracoscopy. ...Read more

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Can afinitor (everolimus) helps to prevent the spread of adrenal gland cancer? How it works? Any clinical trial on this drug against adrenal gland cancer in USA?

Can afinitor (everolimus) helps to prevent the spread of adrenal gland cancer? How it works? Any clinical trial on this drug against adrenal gland cancer in USA?

Not confirmed: That data on this drug for adrenal cancer is very limited. Efficacy has not been confirmed yet. It is not approved in the United States for this indication. I am not aware of clinical trial on this disease but you may want to contact major centers or check clinicaltrials.gov ...Read more

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What specialist test for adrenal gland cancer ?

What specialist test for adrenal gland cancer ?

Endocrinologist: Cancer starting in the adrenal gland (Adrenocortical carcinoma) is very rare. Because it usually presents as with signs of corticosteroid excess(Cushing's Syndrome) and/or signs of virilization it is usually diagnosed by an Endocrinologist. CT, MRI or PET scans can usually show the cancer and differentiate it from a benign adenoma of the adrenal gland. ...Read more

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What are the alternative treatments for adrenal gland cancer?

What are the alternative treatments for adrenal gland cancer?

Adrenal Cancer: Surgery to remove the adrenal gland (adrenalectomy) is often used to treat adrenocortical carcinoma. Sometimes the nearby lymph nodes are also removed. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and newer treatments - biological therapy- are available. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more